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Lichen planus?

Can steroids trigger lichen planus?

No, they are given to contron LP and should be taken as advised by a Dermatologist.  (+ info)

Lichen Planus?

I have oral ,,and skin form ..of this disease that is suppose to be uncurable .Does anybody know of a natural cure or drug ,,herb ar anyway I can shake off this disease

I'm sorry but incurable means just that...there is no cure..medically or naturally. All you can do is deal with the symptoms. I'm sure your doctor has reviewed with you how to cope with the symptoms.  (+ info)

lichen planus?

Lichen planus is a recurrent, pruritic, inflammatory eruption characterized by small, discrete, polygonal, flat-topped, violaceous papules that may coalesce into rough scaly patches, often accompanied by oral lesions. Diagnosis is usually clinical and supported by skin biopsy. Treatment generally requires topical or intralesional corticosteroids. Severe cases may require phototherapy or systemic immunosuppressants.
Please see the web pages for more details on Lichen planus.  (+ info)

How long does it take for Lichen Planus to be treated?2-What is the treatment to remove the spots completely?

I'm 25 years old and it is about 8 months that I'm sufferring from Lichen Planus.I went to doctor and it stopped improving but it is about 1 month that the spots are reappearing .Moreover, the spots that were previousely healed are still on my skin . How these brown spots can be removed for ever?

Takes about 2 months for them to dissapear. You will have tiny white spots after that. In flourescent lighting they can show up big time. So if you go to a place with those lights cover up.  (+ info)

How would a physician differentiate between eosinophilic esophagitis and severe oral lichen planus?

I am diagnosed with only oral lichen planus, never had a purple papule on flexor surfaces. I have no lower esophogeal sphincter tone, and severe esophagitis.

The physician would use Gastroscopy.

Try www.emedicine.com BUT dont go directly --> go thru Yahoo Search / Google search otherwise you will be taken to payment page. Search both diseases like --> "eosinophilic esophagitis emedicine"

The site is an excellent resource even for doctors.  (+ info)

I was diagnosed with Lichen Planus? Has anyone heard of it and know of a cure?

I would like all the advice I can get. I have been seeing my dermatologist about this for 6 yeras. They do not know what causes it and how to cure it for sure, so I was wondering if anyone has had experience with Lichen Planus or know of someone that does. If so, please share your story with me.

know about lichen planus but also know that there is no cure for it.  (+ info)

what medication can I use to get rid of lichen planus in my mouth?

I woujld like to find a mouth rinse or something to ease the discomfort of lichen planus from my mouth...I hate it!!

Lidocaine mouthwashes. Your doctor or dentist will be able to prescribe them to you. Follow the directions that the prescription is written for. The lidocaine will numb the mouth area and help make you feel a little bit more comfortable.
Ask your dr about predisone, a pill that is a steroid to help reduce inflammation. It may help also.
There is no cure for lichen planus according to a few websites I looked at. A few stated that it normally goes away on its own, but the oral form is usually worse than the skin form.  (+ info)

How long does lichen planus last?

I've had lichen planus for atleast 7-8 months now and was wondering when the breakouts stop ? I've had a couple new ones around my wrists and don't want them to keep coming. Any idea how long it will take till they won't show up anymore ? ( Not get cured, stop having spots appear is what I meant)

OK Well it Depends...... I, myself had it, for 6months but it can last up to 1 year or longer, but if you use this,then it'll stop having spots appear
Lichen Planus for 6 Months and it started to go away after i started to use some kind of cream named " TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE" OINTMENT USP, 0.1%. If you happen to get the cream/ointment from a dermatologist,read the instructions which are " Apply To The Affected Area Twice Daily" So in the morning, aand when you are about to go to sleep

I hope this helped you!  (+ info)

What can I do to help to clear up the Dark Spots from Lichen Planus.?

The Lichen Planus has been gone since December 2005,but the dark spots are still there.. Does anyone have any advice.

Once the rash resolves, dark brown or gray spots may linger on the skin. ... Lichen planus of the skin is generally noncancerous (benign). It may clear
I hope this site helps.smiles  (+ info)

Which is the difference between oral lichen planus of the tongue and oral hairy leukoplakia of the tongue?

From the pictures i have seen on the internet they seem the same to me.I have these little white irregular lines that sometimes appear on the lateral sides of my tongue but when i see the pictures they resemble to oral hairy leukoplakia and lichen planus of the lateral sides of the tongue.I just want to know how can i distinguish the main differences between the two as far as their appearance and symptoms are concerned?

I think that this should clear it up! This is from my Kerr and Ash's Oral Pathology book from 1986. I am not convinced that anything has changed.

Lichen planus is a relatively common dermatological (skin) disease with oral manifestations in about 1/3 of the cases. The clinical oral manifestation vary from flat or slightly elevated lesion with striae to extensive areas of ulceration or erosion (erosive lichen planus). Except for the erosive type, the oral lesions are seldom a diagnosis problem or require treatment. The presence of skin lesions helps to make a diagnosis in erosive lichen planus. It has unknown etiology, but may be stress related and looks white and lacey.

Oral hairy leukoplakia is a viral leukoplakia of the tongue in immunosuppressed male homosexuals who have or may develop the features of AIDS..... Clinical lesions appear as white, slightly raised "hairy" plaques on the tongue, they usually do not rub off to leave a bleeding surface as may be seen in candidial lesions.

JAMRDH - a dental hygienist  (+ info)

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